Palm Pre 2 is now officially available on Rogers Canada. The webOS 2.0 smartphone sports a 3.1″ display screen along with a 2-Megapixel camera, a 16GB internal memory (with microSD expansion) and comes with a sliding form factor. According to a statement from the manufacturer, Palm Pre 2 will be available at a price of CAD $99 from Rogers. This is of course only if you also sign up for a three year contract with a compatible voice and data plan. Otherwise, users may also purchase a SIM-free version for CAD $449.99.
With this, Rogers Canada has beat Verizon to become the first carrier in North America to offer the Palm Pre 2. You may recall our article from October this year when we had first noted that Rogers could be offering the Pre 2 in Canada. The launch date however was expected to be around November 11. The delay should not however dampen your spirits if you are interested in buying one. Head over to the Rogers website to study the specs and hit the buy button.
Rogers Canada has announced a new device unlocking policy that makes it possible for iPhone and several other mobile phone users to legally unlock their device by paying a $50 unlocking fee. To be eligible for such an unlock, customers must have their account in good standing, should have paid the unsubsidized cost of the device at least 30 days prior to request or at least have fulfilled the contractual obligation.
Such customers may contact the Roger customer care at 1-888-Rogers1 and request an unlock. Do note that there is also a tax on top of the $50 and so the actual amount you will need to pay for the unlock will vary between $52.50 (for Alberta) and $57.75 (for Prince Edward Island).
Once the unlocking is done, the customer will have to restore their device by connecting to iTunes and the unlocked handset should be ready for use.
If you are in Canada, here is something coming your way. Rogers Canada has announced that the popular 5″ smartphone-tablet from Dell is now available for purchase on its stores.
Rogers has ensured that the device will be available for pretty much the same price as was anticipated. If you are willing to go with a contract, then a Streak can be yours for $149.99 – provided you sign up with the carrier for a three year period. Alternately, users looking for a contract-free offering can buy one at a price of $549.99. That’s not bad considering the specifications that are on offer.
Dell Streak is already available in countries like USA and UK. The company recently launched the device in India during the festive Diwali season. It will be interesting to see how the mini-tablet fares in the Canadian market.
Earlier this month, Palm made an announcement stating that the upcoming Palm Pre 2 was going to be launched on Verizon and also on a Canadian carrier. I have no idea why the statement bluntly stated ‘Canada‘ and not any particular carrier. But from the looks of it, it is going to be Rogers and not one of the CDMA carriers.
A leaked photo that is now doing the rounds has got us convinced that Rogers in Canada shall be offering the new Palm Pre 2 when the device launches in the North American country later this year. It is not clear whether Palm (or HP rather) intends to bring the new phone at the same time to all of North America. In that case, expect Palm Pre 2 to be available around the 11th of next month. That is when Verizon is expected to release their unit.
Canadian carrier, Rogers has announced that the network is now accepting pre-orders for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Captivate. The phone is expected to launch in the middle of October and shall be available at a price of $149.99 along with a three year contract.
It looks like Rogers is walking the extra mile to ensure that the launch is a success. Customers making a pre-order shall also win a free bluetooth headset with their purchase. Additionally, these customers shall also be eligible to win a $10,000 Samsung Prize pack.
While the exact launch date is not spelled out, Rogers does say that the bluetooth headset offer shall end on October 20th. That’s a pretty safe bet to then assume that the launch is expected to happen a few days on either side of the 20th. You can check out the phone for pre-order at Rogers website here.
Rogers Canada has announced a number of new voice plans for their Blackberry customers that brings attractive pay as you go options to the subscribers. There are now two new pay by the month plans that require subscribers to pay $40 or $55 a month. The two plans are not too different but for the fact that the $40 plan allows subscribers unlimited local voice calling between 3PM and 6PM; whereas the $55 plan makes the same offer between 6PM and 7AM on weekdays and for the entire duration of the weekend. You can also choose the Social plans that offer unlimited social networking on websites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
The new plans are significantly higher than the older plans since charges are close to $25 more here on an average. But what’s interesting is that the new plans does not tie the subscriber to a three year contract. So you are free to sign out when you wish to.
Just a couple of weeks back, the new Blackberry Curve 9300 paid a silent visit to the FCC and that sparked off speculations about its features and specs. As we had noted in our article earlier, the handset is expected to come with a 256MB RAM, a 256MB ROM, a 624MHz processor and a QVGA display with 320×480 pixel resolution. The Blackberry Curve 9300 could also come with a 2-Megapixel camera without flash.
Now, to be clear, this device is yet to be formally announced by Waterloo-based RIM. Surprisingly though, the new Blackberry Curve 9300 is already out in the market on sale from Rogers. The Canadian carrier has announced the handset at a price of $79.99 that includes a 3-year contract. The device is now available on the Rogers website and can be checked out here. As you may have noticed, the device is not too different from Blackberry Curve 8520 but for the more solid 3G specs.
Canadian carrier Rogers has announced the launch of the new Motorola Quench Android smartphone in the country. Well if the name doesn’t sound familiar, this is the same as CLIQ XT that is available on T-Mobile in USA.
Here are the tech specs
Platform : Android 1.5
Dimensions : 116.8 x 60 x 12.5 mm
Display : 3.1 inches HVGA TFT display with 320 x 480 resolution
Storage : 320MB expandable up to 32GB on microSD
Camera : 5 megapixel camera with video capture and 4x zoom
Networking : WiFi, HSPA (up to 3.6 Mbps) and GPS
Battery : up to 6 hours talktime/music playback and 14 days standby
Price : $49.99 on 3 year contract till $424.99 without contract
As you know, Apple will be launching its tablet PC in Canada by the end of this month and pre-orders have already begun. But I wonder if the Canadian market is taken seriously at all by Apple and its Canadian carrier partner, Rogers. It makes more sense to jump across the border to get an iPad than buying it in your neighborhood. No, seriously.
Assuming you know the iPad price in US (which is between $499 and $829) and the AT&T charges (between $14.99 and $29.99), here are the corresponding prices for Canadian customers
iPad Wi-Fi only
16 GB : $549
32 GB : $649
64 GB : $749
iPad Wi-Fi and 3G
16 GB : $679
32 GB : $779
64 GB : $879
Rogers Data Plan Charges
250 MB per month : $15.00
5 GB per month : $35.00
Add Rogers to existing data plan : $20.00